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Blonde Sinner (1956)
"Yield to the Night" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  18 November 1956 (USA)
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A young woman who has been abused and taken advantage of by all the men in her life, finally finds a man she believes truly loves her, but she snaps when she finds out that he, too, is ... See full summary »

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Yvonne Mitchell ...
Matron Hilda MacFarlane
Michael Craig ...
Jim Lancaster
Marie Ney ...
Prison Governess
Geoffrey Keen ...
Prison Chaplain
Liam Redmond ...
Prison Doctor
Olga Lindo ...
Senior Matron Hill
Joan Miller ...
Matron Barker
Marjorie Rhodes ...
Matron Brandon
Molly Urquhart ...
Matron Mason
Mary Mackenzie ...
Matron Maxwell
Harry Locke ...
Fred Hilton
Michael Ripper ...
Roy, bar good-timer
Joyce Blair ...
Doris, storeclerk-friend
Charles Clay ...
Bob, Doris' sugar-daddy
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A young woman who has been abused and taken advantage of by all the men in her life, finally finds a man she believes truly loves her, but she snaps when she finds out that he, too, is cheating on her, and she kills her boyfriend's mistress. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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HERE SHE IS! That Eye-Filling Gasp-Provoking BLONDE BOMBSHELL! See more »

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The poem Mary Hilton reads from "A Shropshire Lad" by A.E. Housman is "Loveliest of trees the cherry now". See more »

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When Mary Hilton carries out the murder she fires seven shots from a six shot revolver. There are cuts between a few different camera angles but this all takes place as her victim slowly falls to the ground. There is no time to reload. See more »

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Knees Up, Mother Brown
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Written by Harris Weston and William Lee
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Potent propaganda
13 December 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The pompous dirigible Jean-Luc Godard ,like most French movie directors a man utterly in love with himself,or at least ,the idea of himself ,once said that all you really needed to make a movie were " a girl and a gun"At the opening of this movie it looks as if the makers had taken his dictum literally for that is precisely what we get.The girl is Mary Hutton (Diana Dors) and she pulls a gun from her handbag and shoots a man to death ,one she blames for her lover's suicide .It is an open and shut case -she is placed on trial for murder and sentenced to death by hanging .The majority of the movie takes place in her condemned cell as she waits the outcome of her appeal and relives the doomed affair with lover Jim (Michael Craig) What sets the movie apart from its Hollywood sister "I Want to Live"from a couple of years later is that unlike Susan Hayward in that movie Mary Hutton is quite obviously guilty -her case is not a miscarriage of justice and there is no special pleading in the way the movie sets out to make its anti-capital punishment case .For make no bones about it, this is an abolitionist propaganda piece .Despite her clear and palpable guilt the movie insists that hanging is just plain wrong . J lee Thompson shows an absurdity to things as the wardens set about trying to keep her occupied -they teach her chess ,pass the time in meaningless chit chat and ensure she is healthy enough to be hung in a week or so .The style is not ,as you might expect ,documentary but shows the influence of German Expressionism in its use of extreme close-ups,and oblique camera angles .It deftly suggests the disorientation of someone who may be about to die by order of the state in a premeditated and planned manner

Much was made at the time of its similarity to an actual murder case -that of Ruth Ellis,the last woman to be hung in Britain .Both Ellis and Mary in the movie were blondes ,both shot men who had done them wrong .This is coincidence nothing more as the script was written two years prior to the Ellis case and the release of the movie at the time the Ellis case was generating publicity was an accident .

Dors is sensational in the role .A flamboyant publicity conscious starlet she declared herself with this movie to be powerhouse actress unafraid to present an appearance devoid of her usual glamour ,letting her dyed hair grow out to show dark at the roots and discarding the revealing gowns of the publicity machine for unflattering prison wear .

Its a powerful piece of work and all involved in its making did good work .I am still a pro-hanger but I do admire the honesty and integrity of this movie .its not enjoyable but it is potent


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